Aborted a Gentoo Install. Kindly recommend me ways to recover my files.
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Get a live CD of some distro like Ubuntu, Mandriva, Knoppix or so --- run the live CD --- see if you can mount the partitions --- you can then use the live CD to copy stuff (if there are any). Gentoo also offers Live CDs.
By the way, I think Gentoo installation is not for the faint-hearted or for those that are completely new to Linux. Do you really have to use Gentoo, if not why not try others ...
As of typing this, I'm still waiting for my second hard drive.
Thank you very much for replying, Isix.
I burned a DSL Live CD btw.
I have one question for now:
How do I make the terminal list down all the hard drives which are possible to mount? And is it fine that I'm doing this from the booted GUI of DSL? [I mean, I haven't yet installed DSL on my hard drive)
you have nothing to loose now it is all gone or is it. well try your data recovery program if it does not work this happened one time be for to me. after all else failed. I went in with gparted and changed file system back to vfat in your case it may be ntfs or what ever. now it put the file system back and the data was still there. because on a quick format it does actually delete it. I was lucky got my data back then restarted it. but I do not use windows any more so this type of problem I rarely run into I always custom partition.
if it does not report any thing there is no defined partition fdisk . formated disk partion so you can then do a fdisk sda and create one but if it is empty it does not exist how can you list a partition if it does not exist. you can't. cfdisk /dev/sda or if you are IDE Hard drive cfdisk /dev/hda
I now know what problem type I'm facing: I accidentally deleted a partition using the Gentoo installer's "recommended layout" partition maker. But I aborted it, so I don't believe that my partition has been overwritten.
Currently, I'm trying to find a bootable tool that would help me "unerase" my parition.
There's a little program called testdisk which can guess valid partition tables, assuming that the data is intact. Any livecd containing it could be used. I think that the sysrescue cd and the gparted livecd are shipped with this little tool.
If you try gentoo again, don't use the graphical installer, and install as you should, using the manual installation and the handbook.
Then you just run testdisk on the command line and follow the instructions. It's text based but I think that's intuitive enough. You only need some basic notions about how the disks and partitions are named. Of course, all you know about the previous layout can be helpful when it comes the moment to identify the detected partitions.